Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Aug. 28
Workforce Index Rises for Fifth Straight Month
The San Diego Workforce Index, published by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, rose to 86.96 in December from 86.70 in November, the fifth straight monthly gain. Indeed.com available jobs dropped and the number of first-time filers for unemployment insurance rose, but the University of San Diego's lead indicators, consumer confidence, the unemployment rate, total nonfarm employment and temporary employment all rose. "We are more optimistic about 2012 than many economists," says Nathaniel Buggs, interim president of the Workforce Partnership.